Games from the 3rd:
Mariners 4 - Twins 1
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first. He went 1-for-3: walks, RBI single to right, fly out to center, ground out to short. Ichiro also stole three bases and scored his 999th career run.
Athletics 9 - Red Sox 8
Hideki Okajima entered the game in the 7th (1 out and a runner on second) with the Red Sox down 7-5. Okajima managed to get out of the inning with a strikeout, throw out (caught runner on second stealing third) double play. Final line: 0.2 IP, 2 BF, 1 H, 1 SO, 0 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.
Takeshi Saito entered the game in the 9th with the Braves up, 4-3. Saito retired the first two batters he faced before coming out of the game with a left leg injury (hamstring). Final line: 0.2 IP, 2 BF, 0 H, SO, 0 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.
"Ever since taking the mound, I've played with everything I got as if it were my last game," said Saito. "If this happens to be my last game, I won't have any regrets."
Sponichi makes mention that Daisuke Matsuzaka has only had five games in the MLB in which he's thrown strikes 70% or more of the time. The 77% he managed to get during his last start against the Athletics on Wednesday is actually an MLB career high.
Kazuo Matsui started at second and batted lead-off against the triple-A Reno Aces on the 3rd. He went 1-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base (1st inning).
Kei Igawa tossed 0.2 innings in relief against the triple-A Durham Bulls on the 3rd. Final line: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 8 (5) NP (strikes).